Thanks to 64 studio for the screen shot.
Is Linux ready for prime time ? It seems the answer is yes. For those of you who are brave enough.
Recently I got fed up with Xp and Vista was/is still nowhere to be seen, so I decided to try Linux again. It seems every few years I load a distro (release) to see how it’s coming. Well this time I put in “Linux for audio” in Google and came up with Demudi Linux a free -yes free download . I burnt a bootable disc from the iso file and loaded Demudi. It was not all fun and games . My first copy would not load and almost exploded in my new plextor. I burnt a second copy which worked better and was able to format the hard disc in ext3 file system and bang Demudi came on. An old fm radio from the 70’s appears with your log on screen. It was very cool and loaded with audio apps.It’s background for the desktop is a record and needle implying a Dj friendly OS.
What discouraged me in the past was Linux’s problem with hardware (we really take that for granted under XP and OSX). Normally I have a problem with the mouse or the video drivers- well this time that was not the case. The only hardware issue I had after install was…no audio on an audio workstation .Doh! I could not get the AC97 onboard audio to work ,I could not get my M-audio revolution card to work either. I put an old sound blaster card in there and finally got it going on… after that I got some confidence and installed my multi channel sound card from Maudio the delta 1010. Most everything I was able to get to work on the sound blaster, I was able to get to work on the delta 1010. I lost one synth plug in, which was never to strong to begin with, but it sounded cool- when it worked.
I was also able to get midi going on with the most excellent Hydrogen drum machine a very easy to use, great sounding drum module, similar to Steinbergs lm 4 etc. Audacity (another winner) is a poor mans Wavelab/Soundforge, it works pretty good. The included K3B CD/DVD burning software is the most simple effortless burning software I have ever used.I was able to burn a CD of wave files- no prob . I was also able to multitrack in Ardour- Linux’s Pro-tools/Cubase/Cakewalk/Sonar alternative . I have a few issues with that one, like the cursor won’t work right, but more importantly it sees all my audio ins and outs on the soundcard .
Jack- Demudi’s audio connection panel is a little confusing ,but as long as it’s running most apps can access the sound card. Not to shabby for free.
Would I track a band in it? Probably not yet, but I have only had it running a few days.
Would I use it for a rocking free drum machine or media server or for surfing? You betcha.
Three groups are trying very hard to make this fly and I’m behind them 1000% Agnula(Demudi)- Alsa (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)-the 64 studio guys and probably many others I have not discoved yet. I never realized how far these pioneers had come to bring high end 32/64 bit audio to Linux .
I love Linux’s guilt free- cash free approach.. I realize I have just scratched the surface of all this……. while writing this(checking spelling etc.) I found a bunch of drivers for onboard AC97 soundcards on Amd’s site and some Delta 1010 drivers on the Alsa site.I have no idea how to install them or even see if I have some of them installed already- I can see I have my work cut out for me .
It’s not the turn the key experience like Windows or Mac, but it’s getting damn close.
Not for the squeamish though.
Look for my reviews of XP pro x64(Windows) – I have it loaded, but have not tracked with it yet.
Also look for my review of 64 studio(Linux)-if I can load it-a fully 64bit OS for Pc. Thanks for reading , Ray